At the hearing qualification round for world championships in shooting in June in Eskilstuna, Lars competed in air pistol against 15 other air pistol shooters. It was a thrill watching how a deaf person stood up against hearing persons in qualification rounds for World Championships. Lars did not make it all the way but he had a good showing with the score of 585+586+582 points in the last seriers. The King of Sweden had invited Mr. Petersson, among 154 other invited guest, for royal dinner on 26 January 2002 at the royal castle, in recognition of his marksmanship skills.
Other top finishers in this ranking order:
Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year